The cover of Mercè Rodoreda's The Diamond Square.

What was published in 2014? In English, life after drowning

With Catalonia's international profile rising, Catalan literature translated into English has finally arrived opening up a world of quality for all readers

Sant Jordi in Catalonia: Statue of the saint on the Pati dels Tarongers in the Palau de la Generalitat,  A. PUIG / J. RAMOS / A. GARCÍA

All about George Of knights and dragons

The Diada de Sant Jordi is these days dominated by the Catalan tradition of exchanging books for roses but the origins of the festival are rooted in the Saint George legend

Score to Song of Sybil. Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO-2010)

An eye for detail

A frequent sojourner to the Islands, Bessie Beckett wrote insightful observations of their life and traditions

The influential English novelist George Orwell.
Book of the month

“1984” - George Orwell

The writer takes a look at where Orwell did and did not get it right

Georgina Hardinge.  ARCHIVE

An Englishwoman in Valencia

Where are you originally from and where do you live now?I'm English, originally from the Surrey/Sussex area, though I lived in several other countries during a large part of my youth. Following a few years...

Book review

A disappointing second serving

Not without some interesting observations of the US lifestyle, Matthew Quicks' The Good Luck of Right Now does not live up to his earlier offering, The Silver Linings Playbook

Vineyards in the town of Salses,with the Canigó mountain on the horizon.

Almost perfection

A mystic and poetic portrayal of the grape harvest in the town of Salses, in northern Catalonia

Eduardo Mendoza in an archive photo Archive
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'In somewhat of a pickle'

Eduardo Mendoza presents us with Spain seen through the eyes of An Englishman in Madrid as happenstance carries the protagonist on an unplanned journey into unknown terrain

The Rambla in Figueres, early last century.  ARCHIVE

Two worlds meet

A wealthy American socialite travels incognito with the Infanta of Spain, brushing shoulders with the peasantry


The Gray Notebook

A diary from nearly a century ago about the life of a student from Palafrugell does not sound very appealing. Yet this is Josep Pla's masterpiece, one of the best-loved books in Catalan literature